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ATTENTION STUDENTS: ACDA membership is within reach! Your state offers a reduced membership fee. Contact chapter president Jeff Buettner, or click here to find application materials for new members on the ACDA website. For more information on the benefits of student membership, click here.

Mark your calendars for our fall conference, Oct. 12-13, held this year in conjunction with Vermont Music Educators Association conference at the Killington Grand Hotel and Conference Center. With great speakers, workshops and reading sessions, plan to attend both Sunday afternoon & Monday and enjoy 2 days for the price of 1!
Our FEATURED GUEST is Elizabeth Nuñez, of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

*Gather at the River in August has been rescheduled to June 26-27, 2015.*

GATR 2014

This is a fantastic conference for the choral enthusiast, whether a singer, conductor, or for anyone who has a desire to be either! VERY inexpensive and the keynote is a fantastic musician and truly conscientious conductor.


Congratulations to all on a fantastic Honor Choir Festival!

Special congratulations and gratitude to Jenny Cianciala, festival coordinator.

Children’s Honor Choir Festival May 2-3, 2014

Kyle Weary, guest conductor. The annual festival was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Burlington.  See additional  details here. 

 Vermont ACDA Children's Choir Festival 2014
With special guest choir, The Essex Children’s Choir, conducted by Constance J. Price.

Students participating from:
Shelburne Community School
Essex Middle School
Hazen Union School
Mater Christi School
S. Burlington/Tuttle Middle School
Orchard Valley Waldorf School
Charlotte Central School
Northfield Community Choruses
Vergennes Union Middle and High Schools
Williston Central School
Hardwick Elementary School Chorus
Hinesburg Community School
Browns River Middle School
Windham Elementary School
Black River High School
J’ENTENDS LE MOULIN Arr. for SS by Donald Patriquin

Welcome to the Vermont Chapter of ACDA.

I and the board of Vermont ACDA hope that you will use this page as a resource for exciting and inspiring choral events in our state. Our leadership page provides contact information and describes the wealth of experience our board members bring to our state chapter. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions you have about working with choirs, finding great music for your ensemble, or sharing what’s happening with your ensemble! Find listings of scores, videos, and recommended repertoire on the Library/Resources page. Frank Whitcomb shares his thoughts on “Why we belong to ACDA” on the About ACDA page; take a read, and, if you’re not a member, we hope you’ll join us soon!
Jeff Buettner, President

* Repertoire Reflections *

From our “R&S” (repertoire & standards) board members, you can find useful and insightful articles that offer insightful ideas on choral singing and repertoire.

Kristin Bamberger (Junior High/Middle School): a look at Somagwaza, 3-part South African ceremonial song, and The Arrow and the Song, text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, music by Christopher Matthews.

Bethany Plissey (College & University): Composer in Focus: Ēriks Ešenvalds, Latvia.

Just click on *Repertoire Reflections* the in the right hand menu!


(2014 deadline is passed)

Vermont ACDA offers a $500.00 scholarship to a high school senior who is pursuing a career in vocal music. The scholarship is awarded at the All State Music Festival in May. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM

Vermont ACDA past events in 2013:

Great Day of Singing Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thank you to all who participated in a most successful Day of Singing! Special thanks to our workshop leaders. A day for choristers to sing together! Save the date for a wonderful afternoon of music-making. Our second annual event will take place at First Baptist Church in downtown Burlington.  See details here.

ACDA High School Madrigal Festival,  December 13, 2013

Pamela Penny, guest conductor, Professor Emeritus, Central Connecticut State University. High school choirs from across the state perform selections on their own, and work under our distinguished guest conductor preparing selections for combined performance in concert at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Church in downtown Burlington. See information here, and the 2013 Madrigal Festival Schedule that details the participating schools, rehearsal & performance schedules.

Vermont ACDA Fall Gathering at St. Michael’s College

Saturday, October 26, 2013Donald Patriquin

Special guest, Donald Patriquin, Canadian composer and arranger and world music enthusiast. Reading sessions included middle school/junior high, music for worship and SATB choirs.

This past summer… August 9-10, 2013: GATHER AT THE RIVER (with planning under way for summer 2014)

Two days for choir singers in Hanover, NH — workshops, ensemble singing, concerts! If you love to sing in a choir, join with singers from Vermont, New Hampshire, and beyond for this affordable conference (less than $100 including housing!) Loaded with opportunities to learn, hear choirs, and sing together!! 

HonorsChoir2013ConcertPosterLast spring! May 3-4, 2013: Children’s / Middle School Choir Festival

Chris Clark, guest conductor Students from grades 6-9 rehearse on Friday and Saturday morning and offer a concert early Saturday afternoon each year (this past year in Rutland).


Vt ACDA - A Great Day of Singing, March 9, 2013Nearly 100 choristers and directors attended an afternoon of singing at First Baptist Church, Burlington, VT, on March 9, 2013. This event included a talk by Vermont Public Radio’s Walter Parker, singing works selected & led by different choir directors from across the state,a group voice lesson for all with soprano / voice instructor Allison Mills, and a mini-concert with presentation of selections by area choirs.

Dec. 14, 2013 Annual High School Madrigal Festival

12 choirs from across the state gathered at the Unitarian Church in downtown Burlington. They performed their own selections and culminated singing together under the direction of guest conductor Lawrence Bean. Choirs from CVU, Missisquoi, Rutland, Vergennes Colchester, South Burlington, Mill River, North Country, Lyndon, St. Johnsbury, Essex, Mt. Mansfield participated.

updated March 24, 2014 Jeff Buettner, President; Jeff Rehbach, webmaster